Updates on AFFIRMO’s implementation: a digital tool to facilitate the interaction patients/caregivers

  • 01 June 2022

AFFIRMO’s partner UNIMAN (University of Manchester) has recently released a report on Software Requirements Specification which is a pivotal step toward the AFFIRMO’s development of the digital platform seeking to facilitate interaction and transmission of care between patients and caregivers.

Partners contributing to the elaboration of this new outcome are the following: The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD); Aalborg Universitet (AAU); The University of Liverpool (UoL); Universiteit Gent (UGent); Karolinska Institutet (KI); Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A); Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS); and the Heart Care Foundation Onlus (HCF).

The Software Requirements Specification relates to the main approach underpinning AFFIRMO which is to identify older patients with atrial fibrillation (AT) in a context of multimorbidity, ascertain their distinctive needs, and deliver a holistic integrated approach that includes assessment of general health, multimorbidity and polypharmacy, as well as personal preferences for treatment and consideration of the social context.

The purpose of the digital platform is to assist physicians in applying and tailoring the personalized care pathway and promote shared decision-making considering patients’ and caregivers’ needs and preferences. In this way, the outcomes of the project will be used in daily clinical practice.

This platform is intended to foster the implementation of AFFIRMO’s main goals and develop a patient-centered approach with shared decisions based on the preferences of each person in terms of treatments, lifestyle, psychological wellness, etc., which pays more attention to a variety of factors such as clinical complexity but also social and environmental factors, functional status and cognitive performance of the patient.